February 27, 2017

IMBIBE | Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

Waterfront—(February 18, 2017) The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival wrapped up recently after taking over the city with their special imbibing events anchored by the multi-day and night International Festival Tasting Room inside the Vancouver Convention Centre West ballroom.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Puddifoot glassware
Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

This year, winos and festival goers celebrated the theme of The Wine World Celebrates Canada marking our nation's 150th birthday with seventy-six wineries from British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia—the Tidal Bay signature white wine blends were quite the hit—serving over three-hundred Canadian wines.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Henkell & Co.'s sparkling wines
One of my many international highlights was Schloss Johannisberg's 2015 Gelblack Feinberg riesling (second from the right) for its crisp and refreshing taste from Rheingau wine-growing region of Germany.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
The festival also just announced 2018's 40th anniversary joint theme countries of Spain and Portugal.

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

VIWF by the numbers:

  • 24,783 admissions in 2016 (99% of all available tickets were sold)
  • 16 countries, 180 wineries, 28 venues
  • 54 events (including tastings, seminars, winery dinners, minglers, lunches, and brunches)
  • ~50 participating restaurants, hotels, and caterers
  • 1,700+ wines
  • 780+ at International Festival Tastings
  • 170+ additional wines at Trade Tastings
  • 750+ at special events (dinners, seminars, etc.)
  • 43,000 bottles sampled and/or purchased
  • 82,000 wine glasses used
  • 450 volunteers
Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 | Vancouver Convention Centre West

From its inception in 1979, VIWF has raised $8.7 million to support the performing arts. Since 2013, proceeds have gone to benefit the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival—contributing $235,000 in 2015.


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